Forty years ago, dining out in Blenheim meant a well-done steak, eggs and chips in a neon -lit, formica-clad cafe. Thanks to the wine industry, a European elegance now pervades the countryside, with opulent restaurants such as Herzog, Hotel d’Urville and Raupo and a touch of the continent at cellar doors of Johanneshof and Clos Henri.
With the wine has also grown a range of sophisticated places to stay, including hideaways among the vines or in the bush overlooking Marlborough Sounds.
Things to do include a Marlborough Wine Tour, Farmers Markets on Sunday morning, visit a salmon farm or join a cruise to a mussel farm. There is also a River Cruise who can provide a platter lunch of mostly local produce. Sure to please any traveler!